Easy Weeknight Meals

How to Make Fresh Ricotta Cheese plus an Easy Pasta Recipe

October 6, 2009
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I really hate to waste food. It’s definitely a result of my upbringing. My grandparents were children of the depression and never threw anything away. Add to that, being fairly poor as a small child, and thriftiness was indoctrinated from a very young age. So when I had 6 cups of whole milk left over from making the […]

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Easy Tuesday Dinner; Pasta with Pancetta, Arugula and Pecorino

September 22, 2009

I finally got my mother to part with the remainder of the pancetta we made. Of course, I had to promise to make her dinner in return for her parting with the divine piece of pork.

Next month we’re going to Rome for a week . So, in honor of our upcoming trip, here’s my best attempt at a recreation of my favorite pasta of the trip, trofe e cicoria e guanciale. Technically, guanciale is bacon made from a pig’s cheek, but pancetta is close enough.

This pasta is a great addition to the Easy Tuesday Dinner series because it’s done in the time it takes to cook the pasta (about 10 minutes). It’s even faster if you buy your pancetta diced and cheese already shaved/grated.

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Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan

August 24, 2009

My very first job in a restaurant kitchen was as the pastry chef for a small mom-and-pop Italian restaurant. How I got that job with no experience is a story for another day. But after working there for about 6 months, I moved to working on the hot line part time. One of my responsibilities was […]

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Salmon Cakes with Spicy Yogurt Remoulade

June 1, 2009

I grilled some wild Sockeye salmon a couple of nights ago and had a few cooked pieces left over. I was going to just toss it in a green salad and be done with it, when I thought, why not try something different? When I checked my ‘fridge and pantry, I had all the necessary […]

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Easy Tuesday Dinner; Tofu Stir-Fry

May 26, 2009

I really debated for a while with myself as to whether or not I should post this recipe. Not because I don’t want to share. Not because it’s not good. But because it uses a bottled sauce (gasp!) and thus is not 100% home made. I really don’t want this to be one of those […]

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